Sooo… How are you? Whatcha been up to lately? Mm-hmm. Good, good.
Oh, me? I’m glad you asked. I now have jewelry for sale at the Corvallis Arts Center! Check this ish out:
(Click any picture for a slideshow with commentary.)
See? I TOLD you I made a bunch of bracelets! They mostly ended up here, but I will have some for sale on my Etsy site soon. In the meantime, did you know I take commissions? (NOTE: the silver bracelets and wire-wrapped pendants are by another artist who’s name I don’t know. They’re freaking gorgeous.)
Give me rusty old tape measures and I will turn them into earrings. Each pair is unique. I grind down all the edges by hand and coat them with sealer so they’re safe to wear without worrying about scratches and rust stains.
Simple leather braids both with and without pendants. Made in various sizes to fit women AND men.
Besides my wares, the Art Center and its shop feature some truly amazing art by local artists. Go show them some love!
EDIT: Now with pictures that don’t suck.
Last month I took a beading class at Spearit Beads in Albany, Oregon. The instructor, Darlene Powers, did a great job. (She teaches classes regularly in Albany and the Dallas Antique Mall. You can see samples for upcoming classes at either of those locations. Check it out!) We learned how to make a really nifty bracelet using two-hole beads.
As I am wont to do with a new craft, I went a little crazy after the class. I made a LOT of bracelets, you guys. I modified the pattern very slightly on some of them, because Gods forbid I actually follow directions. Here’s a gallery of just a few of them (click any picture to see a slideshow with commentary).
This is the bracelet that I made in the class I took. 10 points if you can find the extra bead I accidentally added.
Dat clasp, tho. Many thanks to Darlene for letting me raid her button stash.
Extreme closup of the weave. Those rectangles are Rulla beads, which have two holes.
This is a duplicate of the second bracelet I made. (I’m keeping the original for myself!) Same pattern with a couple of very minor adjustments.
The two-hole beads in this design are called “SuperDuos.” They fit together more snugly than the Rullas.
This fancy-pants toggle clasp works as a focal point when wearing the bracelet. It also adds a very satisfying weight to the design.
I went nuts and incorporated a stripe in this design. Also, who else really likes these slide clasps? They’re easier to close with one hand than a toggle or lobster clasp.
I took a risk pairing transparent beads with metallic opaque beads, but I think it paid off.
Similar pieces will be for sale on my Etsy site soon (along with all the other shit I keep promising). Right now I’m working on some super fancy versions for the Corvallis Art Center. More on that in a future post.